The Prime Minister has approved a master plan for Ha Long city of the northern coastal province of Quang Ninh to 2040 with a vision towards 2050, aiming to develop the city into a world-class tourism and service hub.

The master plan targets to raise status for Ha Long city in particular and Quang Ninh province in general in the region and the world by developing the locality in a sustainable manner, meeting green growth and climate change adaptation related-requirements.

The province also prioritises developing two projects, namely Van Don International Airport and a resort complex with a casino.

Along with expanding the sea and island eco-tourism area of Van Don, Co To and Mong Cai, Quang Ninh province is branching out tourism products like Yen Duc countryside tourism, Binh Lieu eco-tourism, discovering Ha Long Bay by kayaks and seaplanes and Ha Long Park.

Also, tourism promotion campaigns in key markets like China, Japan, Singapore and the United Kingdom have been paid due attention, coupled with human resources training in line with the standards set by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

Quang Ninh expects to welcome a total of 12 million visitors, including five million foreigners, this year.-VNA